In most cases, a doctor or dentist can perform a formal diagnosis for sleep apnea. In order to determine the severity of your sleep apnea and prescribe the most appropriate treatment, they may order a sleep study at a special facility. During the study, a specialist will monitor your activity, movement, oxygen levels, and other vitals.
Your level of sleep apnea will depend on the number of episodes you have during sleep:
- 0-5 per hour: Normal
- 5-15 per hour: Mild
- 16-30 per hour: Moderate
- 31 or more per hour: Severe
Many dentists can also let you borrow a device such as a WatchPAT, which allows you to track your sleep patterns in the comfort of your own home.